Courtesy Call on Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto, Minister for Foreign Affairs, by The Honorable John V. Roos, Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan
March 24, 2011
Today (Thursday, March 24), Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto, Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from The Honorable John V. Roos, Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan. The outline of the meeting is as follows.
- In regard to the recent Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake, Minister Matsumoto expressed his gratitude to Ambassador Roos for support by the United States including search and rescue activities of the U.S. rescue team in the afflicted areas and the cooperation of U.S. Force Japan. He also extended his deepest condolences to Ms. Anderson, an American JET participant, who lost her life in the earthquake.
- In response, Ambassador Roos stated that it had been heart-rending to visit the afflicted areas of Miyagi Prefecture the previous day, but at the same time attitude of the local people had made him hopeful. He also stated that through that visit, he had reaffirmed the determination of the U.S. government to spare no effort in support to Japan, as already expressed by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton
- In addition, with regard to the response to the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, Minister Matsumoto reiterated his deep gratitude for the cooperation of the United States through the dispatch of nuclear experts, and both of them agreed that Japan and the United States will continue to cooperate closely on this issue.
- (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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